Oh boi, this will be a long one...
So, anybody remembers that there was a big uprising in the community during the Marching Fire dlc. People came together and they asked for a Middle-Eastern faction and a ton of concepts and fan-made ideas started to pop up everywhere (on places which are related to For Honor) on the internet. I didn't play the game back then, but I was interested in it so kept up-to-date with the news. That's how I heard all of this (I hope my memory serves me right).
I always thought that a Middle-Eastern faction is a remarkable idea, probably because I fight for the knights in-game, so I would have an enemy to "lead a true crusade against" lol. But jokes aside, a Middle-Eastern faction could open up so many amazing doors for Ubisoft to experiment with. Arabic culture is rich, their warriors were top-of-the line in their time, the same goes to their technologies and knowledge.
Probably it's not going to happen, but out from pure interest and fun I still created a Middle-Eastern faction. It's not complete however, I only made four hero concepts with a move-set, so there are no lore behind the faction neither behind the heroes.
Throughout the following post I would like to share my ideas about how a Middle-Easter faction could look like in For Honor. You can find pictures at the end, so you can visualize my ideas. IMPORTANT NOTE: I do not claim that I created this pictures, neither do I own them. They serve as a representation of my ideas, however they don't necessarily represent the heroes I'm going to talk about 100% accurately . I will write comments about the pictures as guide-lines for you.
Let us begin:
"Ghazi is a general Islamic term for „warrior”.
Adaptable, mix-up intensive, long range
Sprint speed: 7m/s
Guard type: static (guard direction follows dodge directions)
Weapon: two-handed (or great) scimitar
Basic chains and principles:
Ghazi has three-hit chains of every combination, but finishers must be heavy attacks. He/she doesn’t use any bashes as openers, instead fast uninterruptible soft-feints and aggressive mix-ups fill that role in, combined with really great hit-boxes. He/she is best used as a team fighter and/or mid-laner.
He/she has the following basic attack chains L + L + H; L + H + H; H + L + H and H + H + H. The heavy chain starters and heavy chain attacks (so, the finishers can’t) can be soft-feinted into a light or a heavy attack coming from the two other directions he/she is not attacking. These soft-feint attacks don’t count as a part of the chain so they can be followed up with a chain attack or finisher (depending on the previous attacks). Furthermore, all heavy attacks (including soft-feint heavies) can be soft-feinted with a GB and into a dodge.
Light chain starters are 500ms from every direction, enhanced, dealing 12 damage. Light chain attacks are 500ms from every direction, dealing 13 damage.
Heavy chain starters are 900ms from the sides, dealing 27 damage while from the top it is 800ms, dealing 24 damage. Heavy chain attacks are 800ms from every direction, dealing 25 damage. Heavy finishers are 800ms from the sides, causing 30 damage while it is 700ms and unblockable from the top, dealing 28 damage. All chain heavies and side heavy finishers have the uninterruptible property 200ms into the move. Every side heavy has wide and big hit-boxes.
Soft-feint light attacks are 400ms, dealing 9 damage. Soft-feint heavy attacks are 800ms, have the uninterruptible property 100ms into the move, dealing 24 damage.
Ghazi has access to a forward light and forward heavy dodge attacks, in addition to side heavy dodge attacks.
The forward dodge light attack is 500ms, enhanced, dealing 14 damage. It has a short range (similarly to Kensei’s Helm Splitter).
The forward dodge heavy attacks is 800ms, undodgeable, soft-feintable with a GB (but otherwise not feintable), has the uninterruptible property 400ms into the move, dealing 18 damage. It also has a good range, can be used as a roll catcher. Both attacks are chain starters.
Side dodge heavy attacks are 900ms and have extended I-frames on them (similarly to Jiang Jun). Furthermore, these attacks are unblockable and feintable, plus they can be soft-feinted into a light attack or a heavy attack which are always coming from the opposite side direction. The initial unblockable strike is a chain starter, dealing 22 damage. The soft-feint light is 400ms, dealing 9 damage while the soft-feint heavy is 800ms, has the uninterruptible property 100ms into the move, can be soft-feinted with a GB, dealing 18 damage. The soft-feint attacks from the side dodge attack will finish your chain.
His/her zone attack is a single-hit, 500ms attack with a wide hit-box, causing 13 damage and consuming 30 stamina. This attack always comes from the left and counts as the second attack in your chain, immediately leading to the finishers.
Special parry punishes:
Ghazi can access a bash (pommel strike) after any parry (GB input immediately after a parry). This bash causes 4 damage and 20 stamina damage and stuns the opponent, stamina regeneration is not paused. It also leads into the finishers.
His/her sprint attack is a heavy attack, always coming from the right. It is 600ms, dealing 18 damage. This attack is not a chain starter.
Superior Block dodges:
Ghazi can preform forward dodge GBs, plus his/her forward and side dodges have the Superior Block property between 100ms and 300ms into the dodge. Using them successfully will allow him/her to preform a GB even after a side dodge (only the forward dodge GB is possible normally). After a successful Superior Block dodge the GB is guaranteed as well as the forward dodge light attack from a Superior Block forward dodge, becoming unblockable and dealing 18 damage
Tier 1: Tireless, Body Count, Never Resting [active, gain a 20% sprint speed boost plus twice as fast stamina regeneration for 10 seconds, cooldown is 45 seconds]
Tier 2: Inspire, Thrilling Comeback, Pressure Mine [active, set an explosive trap with a 5 meter AoE, dealing 35 damage, can only have one active in a given time, cooldown is 2 minutes]
Tier 3: Punch Through, Battlecry, Naft Bomb [active, a bomb which explodes in fire, dealing 25 damage in a 4 meter AoE and then 4 fire damage per second for 6 seconds, cooldown is 2 minutes]
Tier 4: Moreale Booster, Stalwart Banner, Disciplined [active, heal 50 health instantly and gain a 10% defense buff for 10 seconds, cooldown is 3 minutes]
Counter-attacker, support, long range
Sprint speed: 6m/s
Guard type: static (guard direction follows dodge directions)
Weapon: spear and a large Persian Mughal shield
Basic chains and principles:
Immortal has two-hit chains of every combination. He (can only be male) is focusing on a wide range of special parry punishes, the pinning capability and far-reaching attacks to deal with his enemies. He is best used as a support hero and/or ganker.
There are 4 basic attack chains available. These are L + L; L + H; H + L and H + H. Heavy finishers can be charged to become unblockable and pin the enemy for additional damage from other players. He also has other pinning attacks, accessed from a forward dodge or from a full-block punish.
Light chain starters are 500ms from every direction, dealing 12 damage. Light finishers are 500ms from the sides, dealing 14 damage while from the top it is 400ms, dealing 10 damage.
Heavy chain starters are 800ms from the sides, dealing 24 damage while from the top it is 900ms, dealing 27 damage. Heavy finishers are 700ms from every direction, dealing 28 damage.
Every basic heavy and light attack is a stab/thrust except for the top heavy chain starter which is a vertical strike. All stabbing attacks have longer than average range (by 10-15%).
Heavy finishers can be charged partially or fully. Charged attacks hit 400ms after input release, making the fully charged attack 1200ms (charge time which is maximum 800ms + attack time which is 400ms, but enemies can see the indicator throughout the charging). This can result in variable timed heavy finishers each sharing the same aspects with the raw heavy finisher, but with different speeds and parry windows. The attack will become fully charged after charging for 700ms. The fully charged heavy finisher becomes unblockable, deals 4 additional bleed damage (2 ticks of 2) and pins the enemy for further attacks from other players. Pin duration is 800ms. After charging the heavy finisher for 400ms or more it will instantly gain the uninterruptible property on input release, plus the charge animation itself will gain the same property after charging for 700ms. Charging can’t be feinted, but charged heavies can be 400ms before impact, furthermore they can be also soft-feinted into full-block on the same timing.
Finisher miss recoveries (and only miss recoveries), including charged heavy finishers can be canceled into full-block, 233ms into the recoveries.
Immortal only has a forward dodge heavy attack. This attack is 700ms, feintable with good tracking and range but it is not undodgeable. It does 14 direct and 4 bleed damage (2 ticks of 2) and on hit it pins the enemy for 800ms. This attacks is a chain starter, leading to the finishers and can be used as a roll catcher (literally).
His zone attack is a single hit 600ms sweeping attack which always comes from the left and has a wide-hit-box. It deals 15 damage while consumes 30 stamina. This attack is a chain starter, leading to the finishers.
Immortal has a universal shield bash which can be preformed after any light chain starter or pinning attack (fully charged heavy finisher, forward dodge heavy attack, pinning full-block punish – bash is accessible after the pin effect ended and it’s not guaranteed). Furthermore, this bash is also available from a forward or side dodge 300-500ms into the dodge. It is 533ms from side dodges, in all the remaining other cases it’s 500ms and leads to the finishers, the light finisher is guaranteed on hit. The bash deals 20 stamina damage, but doesn’t pause it’s regeneration. Chaining is not possible on miss, but the miss recoveries (and miss recoveries only) can be canceled into full-block 233ms into the recoveries. Miss recoveries are 700ms across the board (block, dodge, counter GB).
Special parry punishes:
The forward dodge bash is guaranteed after any parry.
A light input immediately after a parry will result in Immortal punching his enemy with the edge of his shield. This attack is guaranteed after any parry (similarly to LB's light riposte), deals 10 damage, stuns (no stamina damage and stamina regeneration pause) and leads to the finishers. Since it’s a light chain starter it can be followed up with the shield bash.
A GB input immediately after a parry will result in a Spartan kick. This kick is guaranteed after any parry. It deals 30 stamina damage (not pauses stamina regeneration), no direct damage, but it pushes back the opponent and can wallsplat (which pauses stamina regeneration for 1 second) or ledge. This counter in not a chain starter, on wallsplat the maximum punish is a top heavy chain starter, otherwise it guarantees no damage.
Immortal’s full-block is superior block. On activation it consumes 20 stamina and pauses stamina regeneration as long as he maintains it. He can freely (but slowly) move around while he is in it. From the full-block he can preform his zone attack.
If the enemy hits his full-block a heavy input will result in a 500ms, guaranteed, unblockable thrust which deals 14 direct and 4 bleed (2 ticks of 2) damage, furthermore it pins the enemy for 800ms.
Inputting a zone after the enemy hit the full-block is also an option. In these case, the zone attack becomes unblockable and deals 22 damage, however it’s not guaranteed, the enemy has a really strict window (100ms before impact) to parry this attack.
He can quickly cancel out from this stance with a dodge.
His sprint attack is a heavy attack, always coming from the right. It is 600ms, dealing 18 damage. This attack is not a chain starter.
Tier 1: Conqueror, Speed Revive, Sting of Death [passive, every pinning move in Immortal’s move-set will cause twice as much bleed damage]
Tier 2: Inspire, Wasp Jar [active, a single-target projectile which shatters on impact and releases a cloud of wasps, these wasps will attack the targeted enemy dealing 2 damage in each second for 10 seconds. Additionally the targeted enemy will show up on the radar and will be visible through wall for 10 seconds, can be dodged, cooldown is 1 minute], Ancient War cry [active, Immortal instantly heals 20 HP and releases a wave within a 12 meter AoE (centered on you) which gives all allies (not including you) a 10% defense buff for 10 seconds. The effect can stack upon each other, cooldown is 90 seconds.
Tier 3: Tough as Nails, Long Bow (because Immortals were great archers), Equilibrium [passive, preforming and execution will release a wave within a 10 meter AoE (centered on you) which will instantly revive fallen teammates with 50% HP (those who are not executed). Immortal gets renown for each revive separately, cooldown is 2 minutes]
Tier 4: Regenerate, Auto Revive, Presence of Doubt [active, Immortal creates a 10 meter debuff AoE around himself (it moves with him) for 30 seconds, enemies within this area will regenerate their stamina 10% slower, plus all of their stamina costs will increase by 33%. The effect will remain active for 5 seconds after leaving the zone, multiple of these feats can’t stack the effect upon each other, but can extend the duration and the covered down area if activated strategically, cooldown is 165 seconds]
Melee-specialist, mix-up intensive, short range
Sprint speed: 8m/s
Guard type: reflex
Weapon: two Jambiya knives (dual wield)
Basic chains and principles:
This hero has two-hit chains and he/she is focusing on fast guaranteed double attacks, soft-feints and bleed damage to defeat the opponent. He/she is best used as a duelist.
He/she has four basic attack chains, these are L + L, L + H, H + L and H + H. Landing any chain starter will guarantee a quick light attack from the same direction. This quick attack doesn’t count as the part of the chain, so after it he/she can still do a finisher.
Light chain starters are 500ms from every direction, dealing 12 damage. Light finishers are 400ms from every direction, dealing 10 damage.
Heavy chain starters are 800ms from every direction, dealing 20 damage. Heavy finishers are 700ms from every direction, dealing 28 damage and they have the uninterruptible property after the feint window.
The quick combo lights after a successful chain starter are dealing 4 damage.
Every heavy attack can be soft-feinted into a GB, plus into your light chain starters. For the light chain starter soft-feints you can choose those two directions from which you’re not attacking. If you soft-feint into a light chain starter that light attack will become 400ms fast, will have the uninterruptible property 100ms into the move, deal 9 damage and it will cause 2 additional bleed damage. In this case the combo light will also cause additional 2 bleed damage.
If the enemy blocks your heavy chain starter (your chain is not interrupted) the follow up light input from the same direction (which would be the guaranteed combo light on hit) will be your light finisher instead, which can be blocked or parried.
Finisher recoveries can be canceled with a dodge 200ms into the recovery.
He/she has a forward dodge light attack. This attack is 500ms fast, causing 14 damage, undodgeable, enhanced and has a good range. It is also a chain starter, the chain option is the heavy finisher only (but that can be soft-feinted further). It can be used as a roll catcher.
He/she also has side dodge attacks as well. These are regular heavy dodge attacks (similarly to Kenesei’s) dealing 16 damage. They are also chain starters, the chain options are the light/heavy finishers (but the heavies can be soft-feinted further).
His/her zone attack consists of 3 strikes, all coming from the left. The first strike is 500ms, deals 14 damage and consumes 30 stamina. After this strike the zone attack can be feinted or soft-feinted into a GB or a heavy finisher from the top or from the right (but that heavy can be soft-feinted further). The second and third strikes are both causing 9 damage and consuming 10 stamina separately.
The second strike can be parried after the first (500ms), but the third can’t be after the second (200ms). If the second strike hits the opponent the third will become guaranteed. This attack is not a chain starter.
This hero has a 600ms bash (spin kick) from neutral which consumes 12 stamina. On hit it guarantees his/her light chain starters. It also causes 20 stamina damage, but doesn’t pause it’s regeneration. He/she can ledge with it, however this kick can’t wallsplat. This move is a chain starter, so chaining is possible even on a miss, the chain options are light chain starter and heavy chain starter (both from any direction on hit). It’s important to note however, that on a miss your chain option will always come out from the top.
Miss recoveries are 700ms for blocking and 600ms for counter GB-ing, unless followed up with an attack, but these recoveries can be canceled with a dodge 200ms into the recovery.
He/she also has a forward dodge GB.
He/she has a light and a heavy sprint attack as well, both are coming from the left.
The light sprint attack is 600ms fast, dealing 10 direct and 4 bleed damage (2 ticks of 2).
The heavy sprint attack is 700ms fast, dealing 18 direct damage. The heavy sprint attack is also a chain starter, the chain options are the light finisher and the heavy finisher (but that heavy can be soft-feinted further).
Hassassin has access to heavy deflects. They are dealing 16 direct damage and 8 bleed damage (4 ticks of 2).
Tier 1: Bounty Hunter, Stealth, Marked for the Netherworld [active, applies a 10% defense debuff on the selected target, plus instantly drains 20 stamina if the target is not OOS (can put the target OOS) and pauses stamina regeneration for 1 second, defense debuff duration is 10 seconds, cooldown is 1 minute. Can’t be applied on the enemy if that enemy is already under this feat’s effect ]
Tier 2: Doom Banner, Executioner’s Respite, Staggering Precision [active, makes the spin kick able to unbalance OOS opponents, duration is 15 seconds, cooldown is 75 seconds]
Tier 3: Throwing Knife [active, 20 direct damage plus 4 (2 ticks of 2) bleed damage projectile on a 1 minute cooldown], Pungo Mortis (because Arabians used gunpowder extensively), Skills of Death [passive, preforming an execution will apply a 20% defense debuff for 15 seconds on all enemies within a 12 meter AoE (centered on you), cooldown is 30 seconds. Preforming this feat again (when more Hassassin’s are around) within the duration of the previous one won’t stack the effect, but it will refresh the duration of the debuff]
Tier 4: Fear Itself, Regenerate, Endurance of the Desert [passive, if your health is 50 or less you gain a 25% defense buff plus your stamina will regenerate twice as fast, if you heal beyond 50 HP the effect ends and the feat goes into a 10 seconds cooldown]
Hybrid (medium, vanguard/heavy):
„Tajir” is an Arabic term for „merchant”. This hero is based on the Sogdians/Sughdians, who were mostly traders in their time (hence the name), but they also „produced” fierce warriors for the Sassanid Empire.
Adaptable, Disabler, Hard-hitter
Sprint speed: 7m/s
Guard type: static (guard always remains in the active direction)
Weapon: a blunt mace and an Adarga shield
Basic chains and principles:
This hero has a three-hit chain of every combination. He/she is focusing on unblockable attacks and 50/50 bash mix-ups to deal with the opponent. He/she is best used as a duelist.
I don’t want to list all of his/her chains, that would be a lot, but as I said he/she has three-hit chains of every combination. Heavy chain starters can be soft-feinted into a charge-like shield bash or into chain light/heavy attacks, coming from the other two directions he/she is not attacking (so, this soft-feint advances the chain).
Light chain starters and chain attacks are 500ms from every direction, dealing 12 (chain starters) and 13 (chain attacks) damage. Light chain starters are enhanced. Light finishers are unblockable and 600ms from every direction, dealing 15 damage.
Heavy chain starters and chain attacks are 800ms from every direction, dealing 24 (chain starters) and 27 (chain attacks) damage. Heavy finishers are unblockable and 900ms from every direction, dealing 32 damage.
Soft-feint chain attacks have the same properties as their raw versions, but they are undodgeable and uninterruptible after 200ms.
He/she has a forward dodge heavy attack and side dodge heavy attacks as well.
The forward dodge heavy attacks is 900ms, leaping attack which deals 24 damage. It is uninterruptible after 400ms, counts as a chain starter (soft-feint options are not accessible) and can’t be feinted. It can be used as a roll catcher.
Side heavy dodge attacks are regular heavy dodge attacks (similarly to Kenesei’s) dealing 16 damage. They are also chain starters.
His/her zone attacks consists of two strikes, both consuming 20 stamina separately and both are coming from the left. The first strike (with the mace) is 600ms, dealing 13 damage while the second (with the shield) is 700ms, dealing 15 damage and stuns (no stamina damage and stamina regeneration pause). After the first hit the attack is feintable, or soft-feintable with the charge-like shield bash or with the light/heavy chain attacks. The second strike counts as the second hit in your chain, thus it leads to the finishers. The second hit after the first can be blocked, dodged or parried.
This hero has a 600ms bash from neutral which consumes 12 stamina. He/she shoves the top of his mace against the belly of the enemy. On hit it guarantees his/her light chain attacks. It also causes 20 stamina damage, but doesn’t pause it’s regeneration. He/she can ledge with it, however this bash can’t wallsplat. This move is a chain starter, so chaining is possible even on a miss, the chain options are light/heavy chain attacks from any direction both on hit and on miss. Miss recoveries are 700ms for blocking/dodging and 600ms for counter GB-ing, unless followed up with an attack.
He/she also has the soft-feint shield bash as well. It’s 600ms, deals 20 stamina damage with no stamina regeneration pause, lead into the chain attacks, guaranteed the light chain attack on hit. Furthermore, chaining is possible even on a miss, the chain options are light/heavy chain attacks from any direction both on hit and on miss. Miss recoveries are 700ms for dodging and 600ms for blocking/counter GB-ing, unless followed up with an attack.
GBs and GB throws advance the chain, GBs lead to chain attacks while GB throws lead to the finishers.
His/her sprint attack is a heavy attack, always coming from the right. It is 600ms, dealing 20 damage, and counts as a chain starter.
Superior Block dodges:
Tajir can preform forward dodge GBs, plus his/her forward and side dodges have the Superior Block property between 100ms and 300ms into the dodge. Using them successfully will allow him/her to preform a GB even after a side dodge (only the forward dodge GB is possible normally). After a successful Superior Block dodge the GB is guaranteed.
Tier 1: Body Count, Deadly, Insatiable [active, gain 10% extra renown from every source for 20 seconds, cooldown is 75 seconds]
Tier 2: Thick Skin, Wasp Jar, Deep Reserves [active, sacrifice 20 stamina for 20 HP and a 10% defense buff for 10 seconds, cooldown is 90 seconds]
Tier 3: Punch Through, Throwing Knife, Blood frenzy [passive, gain a 25% attack buff plus twice as fast stamina regeneration if HP is 30 or lower. If you heal beyond 30 HP the effect ends and the feat goes into a 20 second cooldown]
Tier 4: Morale Booster, Fear Itself, Arm of Might [passive, after a kill (assists don’t count) your heavy finishers gain the ability to unbalance any opponent on hit. Duration is 12 seconds, cooldown is 30 seconds after the effect ended. Further kills can’t refresh the duration]
1st: female Ghazi in low-end gear (Note: the scimitar should be two-handed)
2nd: male Ghazi in high-end gear (Note: should be a bit less fantastical)
3rd: Immortal in low-end gear (Note: this is a historical representation and I quite like it. The bow is not needed, it's a feat in-game, replace his shield with the Mughal shield)
4th: Immortal in high-end gear (Note: should be less fantastical, with more armor and the assigned weaponry)
5th: male Hassassin in low-end gear (Note: quite good, but he is dual-wielding his weapons)
6th: female Hassassin in high-end gear (Note: she should wear more clothing and armor for more protection)
7th: male Tajir (right side) in mid-level gear, based on the Sogdian warrior (couldn't find more pictures about him/her 😞) (Note: change his shield with the Adarga shield)